Kindergarten Registration for 2011-12

Enrollment for the Great Neck Public Schools Kindergarten Program for the 2011-2012 school year will begin on Tuesday, Jan. 18, and run through Friday, Jan. 28. All children who will attend public or private school kindergarten in September 2011 need to be registered. In order to be eligible to enroll, children must have been born between Dec. 2, 2005, and Dec. 1, 2006. Please note that students currently enrolled in the district's Universal Prekindergarten program do not have to register for kindergarten.

Residents who do not receive a kindergarten registration packet in the mail may pick one up at the Office of Registration and Attendance, located in the Phipps Administration Building, 345 Lakeville Rd., or, the registration forms can be downloaded from the district Web site at

Registering your child during this designated registration period will ensure that you receive all important school and district mailings. It will also enable the district to plan for the number of classes and teachers needed for the 2011-12 school year.

Registration will be held at the Office of Registration and Attendance. You can register your child weekdays from 8:30 a.m.&endash;-4 p.m. during this special registration period.

Please bring the following information to registration; please note that it is not necessary to bring your child:

--Proof of district residency (deed, current tax bill, or closing statement if ownership; current signed lease or current rent receipts if rental)

--Three pieces of official mail

--Child's original birth certificate

--Parent or guardian valid photo ID

--Parental control papers (if applicable)

--Immunization certificate signed and stamped by a physician or other authorized health agency

For More Information

For more information about registering your child for kindergarten, please contact the Registration Office at (516) 441-4080, or by e-mail at


North High Winter Soirée--Jan. 20

The North High School fine and performing arts department will present its annual Winter Soirée--an informal evening of music and song--on Thursday, Jan. 20, at 7 p.m., at the school Commons, 35 Polo Road. Performing will be the Jazz Ensemble, Jazz Choir, Select Singers, and the Long Island Sound. Instrumental students are under the direction of Joseph Rutkowski; vocal students under the direction of Roger Ames.

The Jazz Ensemble will perform Horace Silver's "Song for My Father"; Miles Davis' "So What," from Kind of Blue; Johnny Mercer's "Autumn Leaves"; and Lennon and McCartney's "Norwegian Wood (This Bird Has Flown)," from Rubber Soul.

The Jazz Choir will perform four excerpts from Jacques Brel Is Alive and Well and Living in Paris: "Brussels," "Marathon," "The Desperate Ones" (Paula Tartell and Ella Lentini, soloists), and "If We Only Have Love" (Maya Shor, soloist); "I'll Be Standing There," by Principal Bernard Kaplan, arranged by Mr. Ames, Matthew Kestenbaum, soloist; and "I'll Be Seeing You," Jamie Karmely, soloist.

The Select Singers will present a tribute to our soldiers, opening with "God Bless America The Beautiful," a new arrangement by Mr. Ames (for the Syracuse Symphony Chorale), featuring Irving Berlin's "God Bless America," in partnership with "America the Beautiful." Next they will sing "Love Songs in Times of War," a combined arrangement featuring the beautiful Celtic songs, "Danny Boy" and "Annie Laurie." Following will be "Proud To Be an American," "Sons Of," by Jacques Brel, and "Waving Flag&endash;K'naan" (the official song of World Soccer Cup 2010), arranged by Matthew Mueller, Brandon Mayeri, soloist.

The freshman ensemble, The Long Island Sound, will perform "Our Time," from Merrily We Roll Along, by Stephen Sondheim; "South Pacific," a medley; and "Because," from Abbey Road, by Lennon and McCartney.

The public is warmly invited to attend this free evening of exciting music. For more information, please contact Mr. Rutkowski at, or Mr. Ames at


Improv at South High--Jan. 21

Theatre South's Improv Troupe will be performing on Fri., Jan. 21, at 7:30 p.m., at South High School, 341 Lakeville Rd. During the performance, students improvise and create characters and scenes based on ideas from the audience. The public is encouraged to attend Improv, always a popular event, to enjoy a spontaneous production by a talented cast. For tickets, contact Thomas Marr, drama teacher/director, Theatre South, at 441-4873.


GNPS/TV January Programs

Current viewing over Great Neck Public Schools Television (GNPS/TV) includes three outstanding programs--Focus on Education: New Assistant Principals, GNPS/TV Spotlight, and the North/South Boys Varsity Basketball Game. Details follow.

Focus on Education

Focus on Education, an ongoing series hosted by Superintendent Thomas Dolan, highlights what's new and interesting in the district. This edition of Focus on Education features the district's three new assistant principals. They are: Daniel Krauz, at North High School; Jeffrey Ryvicker, at Baker School; and Renay Sadis, at Lakeville School. Dr. Krauz is not new to the district or to North High, where he was a science teacher since 1997 and department head since 2005. Mr. Ryvicker hails from the Smithtown Central School District, and Ms. Sadis, most recently, from the Irvington (NY) School District. Focus on Education viewing times are: 9 a.m., and 1, 5, and 9 p.m.

GNPS/TV Spotlight

GNPS/TV Spotlight features school news, sports, and events in a magazine-format. This month's show highlights the North Middle Winter Concert, a behind-the-scenes look at the GNPS/TV crew in action at the North/South basketball game, and more. View times are: 10 a.m., and 2, 6, and 10 p.m.

North/South Boys Varsity Basketball

This annual sports event again drew large, enthusiastic crowds of students and other supporters, all eagerly cheering on their home teams. View times are: 11 a.m., and 3, 7, and 11a p.m.

GNPS/TV Programming

GNPS/TV programming reflects the offerings of the Great Neck Public Schools and the achievements of its students and staff. Programs are student-produced and can be seen 24/7 in the incorporated villages of Great Neck on Cablevision Channel 75 and on Verizon Channel 32. In addition, selected programs can be seen by all Cablevision viewers on Channel 20, on Sundays, from 4:30&endash;6:30 p.m. For program information or information about GNPS/TV, please contact Robert Zahn, district educational cable TV producer/director, by e-mail at, or by phone at 441-4676.


Enjoy an April Excursion with the Adult Program

Look forward to spring with a Great Neck Public Schools Adult Program day trip. We do all the planning, so you can relax and enjoy your day out. Trips depart from, and return to, the Cumberland Adult Center, 30 Cumberland Ave. For more information and to register, please call the Adult Program at (516) 441-4949, or visit our Web site for online registration. It's not too early to register now.

Sacred Spaces & Fun Places: Lower East Side

Escorted by a professional guide, begin with a tour of Congregation B'nai Jacob Anshe Brzezan (the Stanton St. Shul) and learn of the renaissance of this cozy, old-world synagogue. Walk to the magnificently restored Congregation Chasam Sopher, the oldest, continually functioning synagogue in New York City. Marvel at the stunning interior of the Angel Orensanz Cultural Foundation, the oldest synagogue structure remaining in New York and the venue for many upscale events. Also enjoy a brief stop at Streit's Matzoh Company. In keeping with the day's theme, enjoy lunch at Noah's Ark, a kosher restaurant. Choice of deli sandwich on rye, with French fries, and coffee/tea and dessert.

After lunch, visit Kehila Kedosha Janina, the only remaining Romaniote (ancient Greek tradition) synagogue and museum in the Western Hemisphere, and the site of an extraordinary restoration. Bring home treats from Economy Candy. Opened in 1937, this old-fashioned, family owned, candy store sells hundreds of kinds of chocolates, candies, nuts, and dried fruits, including halvah, sugar-free candy, and, of course, all the old-time candy you loved as a kid. New York Magazine said, "The store elevated penny candy to an art form." Helene Schachter leads this trip on Sunday, April 3. Depart 9 a.m.; anticipated return 5 p.m. Fee: $105 (includes professional guide, all admissions, lunch, transportation, and gratuities).

Abstract Expressionist New York at MoMA

Abstract Expressionism, in stark contrast to the sentimental art of Impressionism, began in the '40s and continued through the '50s. Painters felt that their art was an "event," rather than pictures on a canvas. The art is an American and, specifically, a New York movement. De Kooning, Pollock, Rothko, Krasner, and others have left their legacies in twentieth-century masterpieces. At MoMA, a full floor and over 200 works are being devoted to this movement. Susan Strohman, director and choreographer, quoted in New York magazine's "The Year in Culture" (12/13/10), said, "Artists like Rothko, de Kooning, Pollock, and Krasner were reinventing and challenging the masters. One only hopes to be that brave and innovative with his or her own art form." There will be a docent-led tour before a sumptuous lunch crafted by the Executive Chef of Café 2, Lynn Bound. The lunch is certainly fit for royalty, with dish after dish to delight you. Lynn and her staff will surprise you with culinary genius. Since this Café is a Danny Meyer creation, the treatment will be very special. Lynn wants to educate people about regional produce through her offerings. She treats her diners with warmth and hospitality, a true Danny Meyer trait. After lunch, there will be time to spend on your own at the Museum. Harriet Becker leads this trip on Monday, April 4, at 9:15 a.m.; anticipated return 3:30 p.m. Fee: $99 (includes admission, docent-led tour, lunch and gratuity, and transportation and gratuity to driver).

Chagall, Capucci & Inness: Philadelphia Museum of Art

Paris Though the Window: Marc Chagall and His Circle focuses on the artist's paintings from 1910&endash;20. Paris held an attraction for Eastern European artists during the early twentieth century as a symbol of culture, freedom, and modernity. Chagall's early masterpiece, Half Past Three (The Poet), long considered one of the great treasures of the Philadelphia Museum of Art, is a highlight of our docent-led tour. The Italian fashion designer and artist, Roberto Capucci, is revered by contemporary designers for his innovative silhouettes and masterful use of form, color, and materials. We've reserved an audio for you for this exhibit, featuring some 90 works. This is the first retrospective of Capucci in the US. The American artist, George Inness, is widely admired as the pioneer of the evocative aesthetic known as tonalism, which is distinguished by soft focus and diaphanous layers of paint. This exhibit examines the artist's two Italian sojourns (1851&endash;52 and 1870&endash;74) and their formative impact on his work. On your own, view George Inness in Italy. Its art and landscape inspired Inness as he developed his own unique artistic vision. The day begins with a sumptuous brunch at the elegant Philadelphia Museum of Art Restaurant. Buffet selections, which vary, typically include omelets, roasted salmon, salads, grilled and roasted vegetables, seasonal fruit, assorted breads and desserts, and coffee /tea. Led by Helene Schachter, the trip departs Sunday, April 10, at 7:45 a.m.; anticipated return 6:45 p.m. Fee: $135 (includes museum admission, docent-led tour of Chagall exhibit, Capucci exhibit audio, brunch, transportation, and gratuities).